Chinese national fined RM10,000 for using fake MyKad

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KUALA LUMPUR: A general manager of a company in Hong Kong was fined RM10,000, in default two months’ jail, by the Magistrate’s Court here today for being in possession of a fake Malaysian identity card (MyKad).

Magistrate Siti Radziah Kamarudin sentenced Zeng Ling Lei, 43, a Chinese national, after she pleaded guilty to committing the offence at the counter of the CIMB Bank located at the Ground Floor of Gleneagles Kuala Lumpur New Wing, Jalan Ampang, here, at 4.10pm on May 8.

The offence, under Rule 25 (1) (e) of the National Registration Regulations 1990 (Amended 2007), carries a maximum fine of RM20,000 or a jail term of up to three years or both, upon conviction.

Based on the facts of the case, the accused was caught red-handed by two National Registration Department (NRD) enforcement officers who were running inspections of documents used by the bank’s customers.

Further checks with the NRD found that the card bearing the number 731110-14-8520, under the name of Ceng Ling Lei, did not exist and had never been issued.

Earlier, counsel Edmond Teh, who represented Zheng, appealed to the court for leniency.

“She had used the identity card for her child’s educational purposes, as well as for the treatment of her ailment, and she has a valid passport and visa,” he said.

However, NRD prosecuting officer Mohd Ashgar Mohd Hussain pressed for a severe penalty or a fine of more than RM12,000.